Variation and koinéization in the Maghreb

Authored by: Leila Messaoudi

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Sociolinguistics

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138853966
eBook ISBN: 9781315722450
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This chapter deals with linguistic variation and koinéization in the Maghreb. I briefly present some theoretical notions such as urban sociolinguistics, koiné and koinéization and macro-discriminant before focusing on the question of linguistic classification – not only through dialectological classification, but also through speakers’ self-categorization. The process of koinéization is illustrated through empirical data from the dialect of Rabat. The chapter also analyzes the conceptual trichotomy of old urban/rural/new urban, which seems to be functional in Maghrebi urban sociolinguistics as suggested by the situation in Rabat.

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